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Living30 is a podcast for people in their thirties trying to make it the best decade possible. We hear about different people's approaches to things like relationships, careers, health, mindsets, major life events, and more. It's a pivotal decade and the podcast is dedicated to sharing deep ideas and best practices to help a generation be the best it possibly can be.

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Living30 is a podcast for people in their thirties trying to make it the best decade possible. We hear about different people's approaches to things like relationships, careers, health, mindsets, major life events, and more. It's a pivotal decade and the podcast is dedicated to sharing deep ideas and best practices to help a generation be the best it possibly can be.

    Benjamin Hackman - You're Gonna Die

    Benjamin Hackman - You're Gonna Die

    Heavy, REAL and life-affirming interview with Benjamin Hackman, frontman for the Holy Gasp and composer-in-residence at the Historic Kiever Synagogue in Toronto. We talk about our father's deaths, the grieving/mourning process, grief in today's culture, losing a parent, choosing life and much more. 

    The upcoming show, The Holy Gasp presents Grief, is on Wednesday, July 1, at 9:03pm – 5:41am Eastern Standard Time. Link to the livestream on Facebook and Youtube or on www.theholygasp.com. The public is invited to record the names of their deceased loved ones in the Database of the Dead. Each name entered into the database will later be inscribed into a scroll, from which Benjamin will read throughout the evening as the ensemble of 10 vocalists, 2 pianists, and percussion, performs Grief. The performance will be considered complete only after every name has been read, and the sun has come up.

    Here's a quote from Benjamin as part of his motivation 

    "In the last five years, my father died of a heart attack; my therapist died of pancreatic cancer; my brother-in-law overdosed; my oldest friend hanged himself—then another friend died in a car accident, and my grandmother, God bless her, died of good ol’ fashion old age. Death is happening all over. Indeed, it always has. It is awkward, and painful, and it unites every last being who has ever lived."

    Find Benjamin on Twitter and Facebook. 

    About The Holy Gasp: Formed in 2011 by front man Benjamin Hackman, The Holy Gasp make music for fans of theatrical, darkly comical, genre-defiant entertainment, with instrumentation and personnel changing regularly to meet the needs of each new project. At its core, The Holy Gasp is concerned with renegotiating the parameters of a “band,” and seeks to find the intersections between music, literature, theatre, and performance art. Their most recent release, Mmm Urkh But , is a 16-minute work of musical fiction, written for bass clarinet and percussion. Readers my also be familiar with The Holy Gasp’s orchestral performance of The Love Songs of Oedipus Rex back in 2018, the making of which was the subject of a CBC Short Doc by director Luke Sargent.

    Quotes Mentioned

    "Better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of merriment, for death is the destiny of every man, and the living should take this to heart."
    Ecclesiastes 7:2

    Books Mentioned

    The Book of Job

    Photo Cred: Alex Gray 

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ariel Lefkowitz - The Human Doctor

    Ariel Lefkowitz - The Human Doctor

    Moving discussion with Ariel Lefkowitz, a friend and young doctor, who was recently the attending physician on the Covid ward at one of Toronto's major hospitals where he quickly realized that the situation required a more significant and evolving level of compassion and humanity than he and any of his co-workers had ever experienced. It's a fascinating look at what it's like to be a doctor and a leader during these tumultuous times. We talk about his experiences on the ward, worrying about colleagues, staff and infecting family at home, and more generally about love, family, mentors, and knowing and committing at a young age to spend a decade becoming a doctor. 

    Ariel was also just featured on the front page of Toronto Life with a powerful memoir of his 14 days on the ward. There's detailed accounts of each day and the minutiae that goes on in his mind as he, his family and his colleagues navigate this unknown disease. 

    Photo cred to Toronto Life and Christopher Wahl. 

    Books Mentioned

    How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Remi Dion - Stranded With Purpose

    Remi Dion - Stranded With Purpose

    Remi Dion is a friend and fellow engineer who studied at McGill University. He is currently doing a masters in artificial intelligence, and was on a semester abroad at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in the South province of Tamil Nadu when all of the Covid-19 stuff began. His story is pretty insane and he is at present still trapped in South India with no visible way to return to his home country of Canada. Canada seems to have neglected its citizens stranded around the world, so please consider signing this petition to bring attention to Canada's inadequate efforts to retrieve its citizens.  Remi has been all over Quebec media, include this TV interview (It's in French). 

    We talk about the situation in India, the scary realities of Remi's quarantine, the silver linings in all of this, the learnings of travel, quarantine routine, strategies for goal setting, a much more. It's a really interesting conversation in the midst of all this craziness. 

    Follow Remi on Facebook for updates on his situation and also check him out on Twitter and Instagram. 

    Click here to listen, or get it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever your pleasure.

    Pair with the podcast episode Josh Goldstein - The Man Who Moved to Alaska and the blog post "Calluses".

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    Books

    48 Laws of Power

    Men of Steel

    The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes 

    Tools Mentioned

    https://workflowy.com/

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Basti Hansen - Zoom Out

    Basti Hansen - Zoom Out

    Extremely motivating discussion with adventure filmmaker and photographer, Basti Hansen. Basti is one of the hardest working guys I know, editing into the wee hours of the morning and always in another part of the world shooting. Originally from Germany, he's a Tel Aviv-based filmmaker who's worked with Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, IQOS, Universal Music, and more. And he only started working with a camera 6 years ago!

    We talk how to take yourself seriously, create a body of work, partnerships in the midst of demanding work schedules and open relationships, and how to zoom out and look at your life and its trajectory in the context of daily tasks. 

    Find him on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and check out his work, lightroom presets, and a useful set of FAQs on bastihansen.com

    Pair with this post on Taking the Stairs, and this podcast with Mia Schon - Calling Myself an Artist.

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    Videos

    "Micro Documentary" with a musician who lost his home and everything to a wildfire except a 12-string guitar, with which he just recorded an album - Facing Flames

    Andalusia Spain camper video

    Merceds Benz commercial in the American West

    Music video with Noa Kirel and Stephane Legar

    Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade 2017

    Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade 2018

    His first video that he shot while in India - Sand to Stone

    Books

    Skin in the Game 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Mia Schon - Calling Myself an Artist

    Mia Schon - Calling Myself an Artist

    Inspiring interview with Mia Schon, better known as Mosaic with Mia. She's a public artist specializing in mosaics with works all around Tel Aviv. She's extremely talented and we talk about how hard it is to finally have the courage to start calling yourself an artist, working through the non-glamorous aspects of being a professional artist, how to put yourself out there and deal with rejection, and how an annoying, vandalized wall across from her apartment set her off on the journey she's on today. 

    Mia Schon is an American-Israeli mosaic mural artist and instructor who works out of her studio in Tel Aviv, Israel. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Fine Art and Design in 2009. After settling in Boston, In 2014, Mia made the decision to visit Tel Aviv for three months but quickly fell in love with the city for its vibrant art scene, heart, and soul — and has split her time between both cities ever since.

    With a strong affinity for public art, Mia has made it her mission to spread large colorful mosaics throughout Israel and internationally incorporating local tiles and recycled materials into her work. She enjoys collaborating and then creating commissioned pieces and often you can find her out on the street with a hammer in hand working on her latest street art mural. In addition to her public art, Mia teaches small mosaic workshops out of her studio twice a month and upon request.

    Visit her website www.mosaicwithmia.com and follow her on Instagram at @mosaicwithmia and Facebook at @mosaicwithmia

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    Books Mentioned

    Dare to Lead

    Big Magic

    Links

    Kuchinate - African Refugee Women's Collective

    Our Generation Speaks - Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurship program 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Effie (EZ) Rinsky - How to Write a Book

    Effie (EZ) Rinsky - How to Write a Book

    Scintillating conversation with fiction author Effie Rinsky, a man who has read Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace, twice. Just to say, Bill Gates, an avid reader, is afraid of even starting this 1000 page tome. Effie and I talk morning habits, exercise, drinking and drugs, procrastinating, how in writing you can only learn by doing and being terrible for a while, and if you're going to do something hard it has to be the thing you want to do the most. 

    E.Z. Rinsky has worked as a bagel maker, statistics professor and–for one misguided year–a street musician. He's released two novels with Harper Collins (as E.Z. Rinsky). The first, Palindrome, was short-listed for the International Thriller Writers award for best debut novel, and has been translated and published in the Czech Republic. He's currently working on a new novel and a TV pilot. He lives in Tel Aviv. 

    You can find Effie on his website www.ezrinsky.com 

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    Show Notes

    Books

    Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Jorge Borges - Labyrinths

    Infinite Jest

    Brothers Karamazov

    Odyssey

    Links

    Bill Gates Booknotes

    David Foster Wallace - This is Water

    James Altucher - The Ultimate Guide for Becoming an Idea Machine

    Mark Twain Quote - The correct quote isn't about cold showers but is about eating a live frog - “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

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Gaudhierderrien ,

Awesome Podcast

Super interesting and pleasantly informal podcast across a range of topics. Even though the title implies for the “millennial” generations the topics discussed here are interesting and relevant for anyone. An avid listener of a few podcasts, this one has become on of my top 5.

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